Blackthorn Book Tours Book Review Matthew S. Cox The Girl Who Found the Sun

It started with the insects.

The mass die-offs had been a warning unheeded. Before society realized the danger, the Earth had inexorably begun a transformation into a place where life could not survive. A small group found shelter in the Arc, an underground refuge safe from the toxins ravaging the surface.

After centuries of darkness, humanity’s second chance is running out—and Raven Wilder knows it.

Her job fixing the machinery in the Arc makes her aware of how close everything is to breaking down. When the systems fail, the last survivors of the human race will suffocate in the tunnels meant to protect them from the deadly air outside—starting with the most vulnerable. Unfortunately, in an example of history repeating itself, those in charge dismiss her concerns.

When her six-year-old begins showing signs of oxygen deprivation, Raven refuses to go quietly into oblivion.

She will break every rule to keep her daughter alive.


Well that’s a tantalizing description! I am not altogether sure the tension manifests in the first chapters at least as I found the opening scene a touch too long-winded for my tastes and really there was not enough to keep me turning the pages at first. Hard to imagine how any author could make fixing electrical wiring interesting to be honest even if it is being done in underground tunnels in a strange place called the Arc. But I was not about to be put off as I liked the idea of a strong female lead in Raven the electrical engineer and it is very clear from the opening paragraphs that this author writes well. This is dystopian fiction and credit where credit is due all authors are faced with having to build that world from scratch. There is a strong tone of hopelessness for human survival that could almost make me wish they’d all give up since existence in the Arc is far too hard and there are not many of them left. Let the human race die out I say! But no. Once Raven is out of those blasted tunnels and with her daughter her poor suffocating child the author takes the doom versus hope dynamic and plays it to the max in what turns out to be rather a good read. In The Girl Who Found the Sun there is a message for us all. Fans of dystopian post-apocalyptic fiction will find a lot to enjoy in this book.

About Matthew S. Cox

Originally from South Amboy NJ, Matthew has been creating science fiction and fantasy worlds for most of his reasoning life. Since 1996, he has developed the “Divergent Fates” world in which Division Zero, Virtual Immortality, The Awakened Series, The Harmony Paradox, the Prophet of the Badlands series, and the Daughter of Mars series take place.

His books span adult, young-adult, and middle-grade fiction in multiple genres, predominantly science fiction, cyberpunk, post-apocalyptic, and fantasy.

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